MLitt by Research in Scandinavian Studies

A one-year MLitt (or two years part-time) by Research in Scandinavian Studies started in September 2007. This MLitt will appeal to those who wish to conduct a research project on a special subject in the broad field of Scandinavian Studies, or prepare for a PhD project in the field. This is an open option, covering the whole field of Scandinavian Studies. Students enrolled in the MLitt by Research will write a dissertation of 20,000 words.


PhD in Scandinavian Studies

Students with normally a first or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university or the equivalent (undergraduate exam) from a recognised overseas institution are welcome to apply for our PhD programme. Applicants from the USA are expected to have a minimum GPA of 3.3/4.0. A Master's (postgraduate MA/MLitt) qualification is desirable, but not essential. All students are initially registered for the MPhil but can transfer retrospectively to the PhD, subject to formal approval and if the scope of the project warrants this.

Students propose their topic themselves, or together with the supervisor. The topic is approved by the student's supervisor.

The Centre for Scandinavian Studies functions as a kind of a Research School, where PhD students take part in everyday life at the Centre, forming a tight and informal research community, therefore students receive continuous feedback from supervisors and other staff at the Centre. It is expected that PhD students take part in the Centre's seminars and workshops.

Students are expected to have at least one Scandinavian language. Students generally also spend some time on field or archival research in Scandinavia. Grants for this can be obtained.

A MPhil is examined by a thesis of 80,000 words and a PhD is examined by a thesis of 100,000 words.


Present Research Profile at the Centre

The Centre supervises PhD and MLitt projects in any area of research related to the Centre’s activities, including:

  • The society and culture of early Scandinavia
  • The language and literature of early Scandinavia
  • Germanic place-names
  • Runes and runology
  • Landscape history
  • Viking slavery
  • The post-medieval reception of medieval Scandinavian literature and culture
  • Textual editing and philology
  • Medieval laws

If you are interested in applying for a postgraduate research programme, please contact Stefan Brink for further information.

The following is a list of staff members who are available for research supervision: